Babara Bangoura

Babara BANGOURA, a Guinean djembefola, is the spiritual son of the Guinean djembe-master Mamady KEITA. Babara is a member of Keita’s mythical group SEWA KAN. In Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, Babara joined the Guinean Junior Percussionists at a very early age and later on joined the National Ballet 'Djoliba'.

Nowadays he leads his own group FOLI KAN and is very dedicated to propagate the Guinea tradition and the art of playing djembe. Babara regularly performs with various European groups he founded.
All over Europe Babara teaches how to play the djembe and other Mandinke percussion instruments. Furthermore he is also the founder of the International North-South Cultural Exchange Festival. This festival takes place in Conakry and provides musicians from all over the world with the opportunity to share their passion for the traditional Mandinke music and dance.

As a djembefola, Babara is dedicated to promote Mamady's message: music has no boundaries and skincolour is not an obstacle for meeting other cultures. Several artists already integrated his creations into their albums.




David Manderlier

David Manderlier started his djembe and doundoun education years ago with the Guinean master Mamady Keïta.

He also followed several djembe workshops with Sidiki Camara, Zoumana Dembélé, Elion Gilbert , etc. He then continues his education with Babara Bangoura who also invites him to play with Bolokan as well as to be a teacher in his percussion school Manding Foli. David treats the traditions he learned from his masters, with the greatest respect possible.

He also plays in other formations in which he joins spectacles and festivalslike the cultural exchange festival North-Soutn in Conakry.

David is a co-founding member of "Les Percutés" which is active in Walonean-Brabant. More information about David and his activities on 'Les Percutés'.